Obesity is a chronic disease in pets that compounds risk for several health conditions, such as heart and lung diseases, joint and back problems, and cancer. Obesity also is linked to decreased lifespans. Researchers have recently identified genetic variations associated with obesity in several dog breeds and will explore if this condition also is heritable in golden retrievers. The team will conduct a genome-wide association study using samples from the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Findings will be used to pinpoint candidate genetic mutations associated with obesity in golden retrievers and other breeds. Identifying dogs with a higher genetic obesity risk would allow owners and veterinarians to take proactive measures to ensure the long-term health and welfare of at-risk pets.
University of Cambridge
Eleanor Raffan, PhD